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Re: BHT seems most promising of all treatments
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Re: BHT seems most promising of all treatments

yeah Ive been doing that as well johny,...I sometimes sit on my paddle for 5 minutes and move it around,....also on another note,...Dr's say that no medicine is able to penetrate the nerve ganglion,...but this hasnt been the case with people that have used bht with hypericin,....they are being tested antibody negative in 1-2 years as well as dr's not being able to find any trace of the virus at all....I believe this is happening for a couple of reasons.
one possibly because bht thins out your blood as a side effect and increases micro circulation,...and another is that hypericin is known to correct nerve damage to some degree, maybe the bht can reach the ganglion or the st.johs wart has the capability of traveling down the nerves to the gaglion and acts as a carrier of bht in some way,....whatever the case is,...steven fowks has reported that many have cured themselves 100% with this protocol so im sure doing it in combonation with the mag pulser or beck protocol might speed things up,..but for the most part people have been succesfull with bht and hypericin alone....

here is one article:

BHT’s Use as an Antiviral
Based on an article by Ed Sharpe
A little over 25 years ago a paper was published in the journal Science showing that BHT, a common food preservative, could inactivate herpes simplex and other lipid-coated viruses in lab dishes 1. Two years later another paper in the same journal reported similar results, but this time in live animals — dietary BHT could prevent chickens from dying of Newcastle disease 2. Like herpes simplex, NDV (the virus that causes Newcastle disease) is lipid-enveloped — its nucleic acid core is sheathed in a fatty membrane. Viruses of this type require an intact membrane to be infective. BHT seems to work against such viruses by disrupting their viral membranes.

In the chicken study cited above, the amount of BHT needed to inhibit NDV turned out to be equal to the amount already present in chicken feed as an additive, i.e., 100 to 200 parts per million of total diet 2. Assuming a comparable result for humans and a total food intake of about 2 kilograms per day, this would mean that 200 to 400 milligrams of BHT ingested daily should be adequate to protect most people from infection by herpes and other lipid-coated viruses.

Inspired by early scientific reports on the antiviral activity of BHT, a number of people suffering from herpes began to experiment on themselves in the late 1970s. As described in several books published a few years later, the BHT experimenters discovered that a daily dose of 250 to 1000 mg resulted in rapid recovery from herpes eruptions with no recurrences 3, 4.

Studies performed since then have confirmed the activity of BHT against many different human and animal viruses, including such members of the herpes family as CMV (cytomegalovirus) 5, pseudorabies 6 and genital herpes 7. BHT appears to inhibit infectivity of HIV 8, the AIDS virus, although contradictory results have also been reported 9. A protective effect of BHT against the development of influenza infection has been shown 10, 11. The mechanism involved may have to do with the fact that BHT is a highly potent, membrane-active antioxidant as well as a membrane fluidizer. It’s known that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a role in the pathogenesis of viral infections — including RNA viruses such as influenza, DNA viruses such as hepatitis B, and retroviruses such as HIV — and it’s been suggested that antioxidants may be useful as therapeutic agents in such infections 12.

If BHT is so effective against lipid-enveloped viruses, why don’t doctors prescribe it for their patients? The answer is that almost none of the controlled studies on the antiviral properties of BHT have been performed on humans; most of the experiments thus far have been conducted in lab dishes (in vitro) or in animals. A human clinical trial of BHT cannot be performed because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BHT for use only as a food preservative, not as a medicine 4. But that hasn’t stopped some people from using BHT on their own to treat herpes or other viral conditions.

In the past, safety concerns have been sometimes raised about BHT because of its reputed toxicity when given to rats in massive doses — doses much larger than those usually consumed for their antiviral effect. On the other hand, 25 years is long enough for any adverse effects as well as positive benefits to have shown up in humans. Many individuals — including my friend Roger, whom I’ve known since high school — have been supplementing with BHT on a regular basis for years at a time. Roger looks pretty healthy to me these days, but I phoned him anyway to press him for details on his BHT experience.

Roger first began taking BHT in 1984 after reading about it in Pearson and Shaw’s groundbreaking book 3. Initially he took about 1 gram per day because he was buying BHT in bulk at the time and larger amounts were easier to measure out than smaller ones. Later he was able to obtain BHT in capsules containing 250 mg per cap, and from that point on he took 250 mg every day for 6 to 7 years. Not surprisingly, during this period he remained completely free of herpes eruptions. More surprising is that he still remains herpes-free to this day, 10 years after his last dose of BHT. Around 3 years ago Roger had a comprehensive physical exam, including blood work. His physician told him that no antibodies to the herpes simplex virus could be found in his system.

Today Roger’s health is generally excellent, with no indication that his years of supplementing with BHT have harmed him in any way. The only adverse effect he ever encountered happened early on, while he was still experimenting with the size of the dose. Roger found that taking 3 grams of BHT each day resulted in dizziness and disorientation, which quickly disappeared when he cut his dose back to 1 gram per day. No adverse effects were seen thereafter.

Of course, a sample of one doesn’t constitute much of a survey. I needed to consult a larger database, so I turned to Steven Fowkes, resident guru at the Cognitive Enhancement Research Institute (CERI) in Menlo Park, California and co-author of Wipe Out Herpes with BHT 4. Steve Fowkes was unequivocal in his judgment. In the decades since BHT first arrived on the supplement scene, Steve hasn’t heard of any adverse reactions other than two minor ones. First, BHT can cause hives in some people who are sensitive to it. Second, BHT can cause a temporary decrease in blood clotting when people first begin taking it in substantial doses.

Allergic sensitivities to food additives such as dyes and preservatives have been known for some time but the role of these additives in precipitating chronic urticaria (hives) or other symptoms is still a matter of debate 13, 14. Only a few cases over the years have identified low-level BHT intake as the sole cause of hives 15, 16, so this reaction is not likely to be very common; however, it may well become more common if provoked by large doses of BHT. Fortunately, the condition tends to clear up after BHT use is halted.

As for the transient blood-thinning effect, Steve cautioned that people who have never taken BHT before should acclimatize themselves by starting out with small doses (less than 250 mg for the first day, if possible) and ramping up gradually over the course of a week; there is a special need for caution among those who are taking anticoagulants at the same time. In no case should the final dose exceed 1 gram per day without medical supervision. BHT’s anticlotting effect will diminish within 2 days in any event, unless extremely high doses (around 5 grams per day or higher) are being taken.

But what about liver toxicity? BHT gets metabolized in the liver, so won’t taking large amounts compromise liver function? Steve’s response was that he has spoken with literally hundreds of people who have successfully treated themselves for herpes with BHT. So long as a dose level of 1 gram per day was not exceeded, no cases of hepatic injury (as determined by pathologically high serum levels of the liver enzymes ALT and AST) have yet been reported by this group.

Unfortunately, some people taking BHT will find that not even 1 gram per day is sufficient to eradicate herpes. Rather than increasing the dose to more than a gram per day, Steve suggests maintaining the BHT level while combining it with other supplements. For example, the combination of BHT with hypericin (from St. John’s Wort) is a synergistic antiviral combination, more effective than BHT alone. To determine an appropriate dose level, hypericin intake should be ramped up gradually from 1 mg per day until an effective dose is reached, usually 10 mg per day or less. Steve also recommended pulsing the hypericin at the effective dose level, i.e., using it for about a week at a time with time off between dosing episodes. Because hypericin can cause photosensitivity of the skin, sun exposure should be limited to half the usual daily amount during and after hypericin intake. One of the nice features of BHT is that it tends to inhibit any oxidative stress induced by hypericin; for this reason, Steve feels that anyone taking hypericin should always take BHT with it. (For more information on hypericin, see the reference articles on the LifeLink website.)

And another article:

From: Will Duff
Subject: BHT = Preservative
Date: 25 Oct 1994

Interesting stuff, BHT and BHA. Not only super antioxidants, but apparently health-promoting. Here are some excerpts from NY Times.

New York Times 25 October, 1994 - Science Times Section

By, The Associated Press: Advocates of natural foods have long objected to the use of preservatives , but Dr. Andrew Dannenberg of Cornell Medical College found that the preservatives BHA and BHT "revved up" the gene for an enzyme called UDP-glucuronosyltransferase, or UGT. When the genes are cranked up, they produce more of the enzyme providing better protection in the environment, Dr. Dannenberg reported last month at an International Conference at Rockefeller University in New York. The study found elevated levels of the enzyme in the liver, kidneys and small intestines of rats fed higher doses of BHA and BHT than are normally found in foods, Dr. Dannenberg said. He then found preliminary evidence that the substances do the same thing in humans. Dr. Dannenberg said he had also found that sulforaphane, an agent recently isolated in broccoli, exerts its action partly in the same way, by energizing the gene for UGT.

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In 1968, in an AMA magazine (Today's Health) it was reported that in a toxicology test of BHT, the lab mice were living 30% longer on a 1% diet by weight of BHT over the controls.

Will Duff


The below is excerpted from SAN FRANCISCO SENTINEL, August 15, 1986

Pearson and Shaw
Most of the popular interest in uses of BHT stemmed from two books by Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw: Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach, and The Life Extension Companion. Another of the best-informed groups on the use of BHT is the MegaHealth Society, with offices in Los Altos, CA, and Manhattan Beach, CA. Steven Fowkes in the Los Altos office has been talking with users and collecting their reports for six years. He also co-authored a book with John Mann which was published by the Mega Health Society and available from them or at some health-food stores. Fowkes is now trying to bring BHT to public attention.

Fowkes has spoken with or corresponded with hundreds of people using BHT; we asked him about the overall ''success rate''. He said that most of those who call him are the ones for whom it has failed to work. Usually they have taken less than one gram per day of BHT orally, and when they raise the dose, and take the BHT with coconut oil or flax seed oil to help it dissolve, it often works. About a third of those who call are not able to get good results with anything he suggests.

On the other hand, the vast majority of those who write report good results; usually they are writing to offer thanks. Some also report temporary skin reactions; almost always these are people on low-fat diets. Half of those who write say that their skin has improved since they started taking BHT. It can be taken in capsules, or the crystals can be dissolved in coconut oil. Topical applications of BHT solution (10% BHT in coconut oil) are used. The BHT-in-coconut oil solution can be made at home by dissolving bulk BHT in coconut oil in a double boiler on your stove, or by mild, gradual warming in a microwave oven. Frequent stirring is necessary as BHT dissolves rather slowly.

Taking it in oil may be more effective but most people use the capsules because they don't like working with powders. The capsules should probably be taken with fatty foods, coconut oil, or flax seed oil, since BHT dissolves in fat, but not in water. Both forms are available in some health-food stores, or from health-products companies such as SmartBodyz Nutrition.

One company, Key Pharmaceuticals in Miami, has a patent on the use of BHT so it does have an interest in research. This company helped finance a double-blind study and it may receive approval to market a BHT ointment.

In San Francisco, we spoke with Jim Gulli, who has used BHT for almost a year. Gulli takes one gram of BHT, dissolved in oils, once daily. Since it takes about a day of occasional shaking to dissolve the crystals, he prepares a month's supply at a time, adding about 35 grams of BHT to 70 tablespoons of the oils; one tablespoon from each of the two oils then provides a total of one gram. He experienced side effects at first -- some light-headedness, and loss of appetite for two to three weeks but no problems after that.

Gulli knows several other people who are using BHT and hopes to start an information group.

Some Precautions
Here are some warnings which we have heard from people who are using BHT. This list is not complete, and some of the items could be wrong. Do not rely on this article for medical advice; we are reporting these precautions for information only.

* Before deciding to use BHT, consider the risks. BHT should not be used casually.

* BHT should be avoided by anyone with hepatitis or other liver problems.

* Beware of overdose, especially if you measure the crystals yourself. Note that doses should be proportional to body weight. The two people we spoke with who use BHT are taking no more than one gram per day.

* BHT is fat soluble, so thin people may need less. Also, persons on low-fat diets may be more susceptible to side effects.

* BHT can interfere with blood clotting, so it might be a special risk for persons with ITP, hemophilia, or other clotting problems.

* When BHT is being used, it is a good idea to take vitamin C also.

* Doses of BHT should start small and gradually increase. It is probably not harmful to stop abruptly, however, BHT stays in the body for several weeks.

* A few people are chemically sensitive to BHT. One study (Fisherman and Cohen, 1973) gave test doses to persons who already had allergy or asthma problems to see if BHT in food was the cause. In those who reacted to BHT, a 250 mg dose (half that amount for severe asthmatics) caused a flare-up of the problem; some of the asthmatics needed medical treatment to stop the attack. The reactions always showed up within 75 minutes. While such reactions were rare, they do reinforce the advice that small doses be used at first.

* In research studies, BHT has changed the sensitivity of animals to radiation damage. When it is first used, sensitivity is increased; later, sensitivity is decreased. Anyone receiving radiation treatments should be sure to tell their doctor if they are using BHT.

* Maintain a balanced diet. One study gave toxic doses of BHT to rats and found these doses caused more damage to animals that were on a protein-deficient diet.

* Alcohol should be avoided for at least several hours after taking BHT. Alcohol may have a stronger effect than usual, so be especially careful about driving.

* Some people should avoid taking BHT on an empty stomach.

* There may be special risks to using BHT during pregnancy.

* BHT may interact with other drugs. It may either increase or decrease their effects. Some drug interactions may be unknown, but a pharmacist may be able to help


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